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AgentParadox from Neither here nor there. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Dec 11th 2018 at 4:33:20 PM

Not updated in a while (again). This is due to IRL stuff and various appointments. However, I now have some ideas with which to eventually kickstart the Froakie article. I shall make a list for posting tomorrow (or ASAP, whichever comes first). (The list will be posted before any draft of the article. You might be surprised with what I come up with)

@SpinAttaxx Loving the Cosmog article! A minor thing: The plural of "nebula" is either "nebulas" or "nebulae" (the latter sounding more scientific IMO)

Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 11th 2018 at 1:15:08 PM

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AgentParadox from Neither here nor there. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Dec 12th 2018 at 9:38:25 AM

Here are my ideas for the article. I need help adding to and refining them to work them into a draft article (do not link this post from the front page, as I will do that for the actual draft)

Physical description

  • Froakie is 30 cm and 7 kg
  • Frogadier is 60 cm and ~11 kg
  • Greninja is 150 cm long and 40 kg, though due to its squat it usually doesn't reach 1 meter tall

Notable Biology

  • Genes (Torrent, Protean (rare gene/Hidden Ability), Battle Bond (mutation/event-exclusive ability))

BATTLE BOND

  • poorly understood
  • What and how? - the basics. Can only be awakened when individual becomes Greninja.
  • Increased strength and agility (Better speed and attacking stats in-game, and also seems to be upright more often than regular Greninja; a fact reflected by their in-game models where Ash-Greninja is in a more upright position in the games and doesn't squat down as low in its model)
  • Naming - Battle Bond Greninja as official scientific name, "Ash Greninja" as a colloquial (Ash Ketchum being either the discoverer or the first recorded trainer to own a Battle Bond Greninja)
  • Perhaps they take some attributes from their own trainer? (similar to the one Ash owns looking more like him)
  • Only males seem to be affected
    • Can the females be simply carriers despite their inability to use it? (The event Pokémon is always male, like Ash's Greninja, but this information is irrelevant to why only males are affected and thus won't be in the article itself)
  • Makes individuals sterile (placed in the Undiscovered egg group in-game, separate from normal Greninja). This will not be explained with the egg-group terminology as normal, but will instead be a simple case of sterility, so as to wrap more readily into the explanations I make. As they're otherwise indistinguishable from normal Froakie, they will be still classed under the same egg grouping, unlike in the games.
  • Did its discovery cause scientists to want more Froakie to have it, and did this cause a decline in the female population due to gene splicing/experiments? Did they instead create an "altered" strain of Froakie which were the dominant strain and more likely to carry/have the mutation, thus making a lot of males sterile? Either of these would lead to the endangerment of the species.

Habitat

  • Lakes.

Diet

  • Omnivorous
  • Bug Pokémon and plants.

Hazards

  • Main hazard is antagonizing a Greninja.

Courtship and Childrearing

  • 4-12 smallish eggs.
  • Eggs are laid and then abandoned, but within plants, as with real-world frogs.
  • Eggs hatch into an immature tadpole-like form, and after (time?), they mature into Froakie. The immature form is not classed as a Pokémon (like with Zygarde's cells) and is unable or disallowed to be caught.
  • All three stages of the line can breed. Greninja is very fickle, however.

Social Structure

(Ideas?)

In Human Culture

  • Froakie and Frogadier kept as pets. Greninja probably not suitable for various reasons.
  • Michigan J Frog as a Frogadier.

Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 12th 2018 at 5:45:39 PM

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Dec 12th 2018 at 3:22:24 PM

Kermit the Frogadir.

"That would be stupid. We're not going to do that."
Dec 12th 2018 at 5:39:12 PM

Oh boy, Battle Bond. Here's my interpretation/head-canon. Feel free to take ideas.

Battle Bond AKA Bond Phenomenon

A rare ability found in Pokémon that is not fully understood. Pokémon with this ability can access a power equivalent of Mega Evolution. Some might say it's a natural Mega Evolution, one that does not require Mega Stones or Keystones to bring out its potential. To activate Battle Bond, the trainer and Pokémon must be in perfect sync with one another (partial in-sync only results in an incomplete Battle Bond form). The sync energy (Aura) between the trainer and Pokémon is what draws out the Battle Bond form, and many researchers believe that studying this energy could provide new answers regarding the science and mystery of Mega Evolution.

The Bond Phenomenon is arguably more powerful than Mega Evolution, with the added benefit of the Battle Bond Pokémon not going feral or berserk. Additionally, the trainer forms a psychic link between them and their Pokémon, allowing them to see from the eyes of their Pokémon, making it easy to anticipate the moves of their opponents. The enhanced senses also allow the Pokémon to detect energy signatures that other Pokémon cannot. However, there are significant drawbacks. The psychic link is a two-way channel. If the Pokémon is hurt during battle, the trainer will feel that pain in their body. And if the trainer is hurt, so too will the Pokémon. Also, because there is no Keystone or Mega Stone involved, the trainer must have to use his or her own aura maintain the Battle Bond form. If the trainer and Pokémon are not in-sync, the energy between them becomes increasing unstable and can cause the trainer and Pokémon to faint in the process.

So far, only Greninja is known to have this strange ability. However, it is believed that other Pokémon can have this phenomenon as well, though none have been official discovered yet.


So, in regards to the name Ash-Greninjanote ; I simply ask this about the Fanon Pokédex universe:

Who is Ash in this universe?

Because everyone knows that Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) is the anime incarnation of Red himself. And thus having Ash being in the same universe as Red will only raise a lot of questions. Is Ash Ketchum another alias of Red? Is he a different person? How is he seen?

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Dec 12th 2018 at 5:45:56 PM

That's kind of crossing into fanfic territory a bit there, don't you think?

"That would be stupid. We're not going to do that."
Dec 12th 2018 at 5:50:03 PM

[up] What is? Ash being in the Pokédex Fanon universe or the Battle Bond Phenomenon?

If it's the Battle Bond description, do note I am recollecting what I saw during the XY series and how the Battle Bond was portrayed in that show (such as psychic link, perfect sync, and potential drawbacks).

Edited by Shadao on Dec 12th 2018 at 5:50:11 AM

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Dec 13th 2018 at 3:56:59 AM

Pondering where ash fits in.

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Dec 13th 2018 at 2:19:40 PM

[up] Well, this is Fanon writing a fictional encyclopedia of the Pokémon world. As for Ash himself, I notice that the Pokédex Fanon Edition articles tend to avoid naming him, only alluding to his presence in reference to the anime. But I do notice that Red is mentioned in the Viridian City article several times. It makes me wonder why does the Fanon entries never refer to Ash by name. Is it to make it ambiguous as to whether or not he and Red are the same person in the Fanon universe? Or is it to incorporate many anime events and episodes without actually canonizing Ash into the universe?

Either way, this leads to the naming of Ash-Greninja, which pretty much brings Ash Ketchum to the forefront as the name Ash (Satoshi) had to come from somewhere. No amount of ambiguity can hide this Phanpy in the room. It has to be addressed, but how? Which is why I asked since I am not as familiar with the Fanon Pokédex universe project as many of you are here.

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Dec 13th 2018 at 4:50:51 PM

Well, the only things I've seen are alto mare and the New Tork incident.

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Dec 13th 2018 at 5:09:44 PM

[up] In the Gym article, there was an example of a fake Gym in Sinnoh that was implied to be run by the Team Rocket trio, and that they were trying to catch Pikachu. In the Ho-Oh entry, there was an account where a trainer saw Ho-Oh with golden feathers, an obvious allusion to the first episode of Pokémon. Then there's Mewtwo's entry, which talks about a trainer sacrificing himself to stop Mewtwo and Mew fighting. It's implied but never proven that the trainer in question was Ash.

I also noticed that Red's surname is redacted in the Viridian City article. I wonder why is that.

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Dec 13th 2018 at 5:31:46 PM

Cause we don't know it and as much as this is fanon it's not likely we'll be able to come up with a last name we can all agree on. Which is why I redacted all the last names in my Nihilego article.

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AgentParadox from Neither here nor there. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Dec 13th 2018 at 6:50:28 PM

Well, I think I should then change the colloquial to "Trainer Greninja" and avoid mentioning a particular name.

@Shadao I started off thinking that explanation was nice, but once it got to mentioning aura, I had to raise my eyebrow. I don't think this can be applied to real-world logic in the same sense that the rest of the information in an article can. I'd personally forego the mention of "aura" since this isn't Lucario we're talking about.

I always interpreted the Bond Phenomenon as a more feelsy thing, sort of an "I'd like to get to know my trainer better and get even closer to them" more than a form of Mega Evolution (even though I'm aware it's a temporary transformation.)

Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 13th 2018 at 2:52:41 PM

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Dec 13th 2018 at 8:29:20 PM

[up]The aura aspect was something that came into mind when thinking about Ash Ketchum. He's known to have a strong aura presence that one has to wonder if there is a connection between the two. Again, I am not fully familiar with Pokédex Fanon Edition, so cut it if you must. It's merely the first draft of an observation I see in the anime.

Well, I think I should then change the colloquial to "Trainer Greninja" and avoid mentioning a particular name.

I think it is a rather awkward name to call it Trainer-Greninja; even the name Battle-Bond Greninja sounds better than that. Additionally, Ash-Greninja is fairly known term even outside of the fandom given how much Game Freak promotes it during the heyday. It's not like Ash's Pikachu in SM where you can call it Cap Pikachu. If we're not going to directly reference Ash due to continuity issues, I don't think we should remove the name Ash-Greninja.

Now if I recall it correctly, the term "Ash-Greninja" was coined by Bonnie, Clemont's little sister, during Ash's 8th Gym Battle. We could have an allusion to that if minimizing Ash's presence is necessary. Or we could invent a new reason for where it got its name. When Greninja becomes Ash-Greninja, it grows side-burn hair along that are black like ash save for the red lightning bolts near its eyes.

I always interpreted the Bond Phenomenon as a more feelsy thing, sort of an "I'd like to get to know my trainer better and get even closer to them" more than a form of Mega Evolution (even though I'm aware it's a temporary transformation.)

The reason I was thinking about Mega Evolution is the fact that Battle Bond gives Greninja a 110 stat boost compared to 100 stat boost that Mega Evolution does. And since Greninja debuted in Kalos, it only raises questions as to whether or not there is a connection between the two. After all, in the anime, a fully-mastered Mega Evolution requires the trainer and Pokémon to be in sync as well, lest the Pokémon goes berserk and attack its own trainer.

Edited by Shadao on Dec 13th 2018 at 8:29:59 AM

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Dec 16th 2018 at 9:05:47 AM

That makes sense, but I'd like to apply my own explanations to it if possible. I guess my vision will be more clear when I write the actual article, but unfortunately won't be for a while, since this coming week, I have no less than 2 appointments.

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Dec 21st 2018 at 10:30:28 AM

Is there anyone reserving Manaphy and Phione, and if not, may I call dibs?

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AgentParadox from Neither here nor there. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Dec 23rd 2018 at 7:49:17 AM

I'm back and ready to do my article once I receive suggestions for the social structure.

@EclipseMT currently, no. Feel free to call dibs.

Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 23rd 2018 at 3:50:18 PM

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Dec 23rd 2018 at 12:51:21 PM

Froakie's Frubbles (aka the bubble coat on its neck) are said to be inspired by Grey Foam-Nest Tree Frogs and Túngara Frog if Bulbapedia is anything to go by. Considering that the Froakie line are based on ninjas, it would make sense if they are based on Tree Frogs.

Additionally, considering the Bond Phenomenon where Greninja takes the likeness of a trainer for its Super Mode as well as the various Ninja villages and characters in the XY anime series that frequently use Greninja, I say that their habitats and social environments are very close to human settlements.

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Dec 23rd 2018 at 12:58:27 PM

I'm late but we could call it the Bond-Greninja (Bond Phenomenon, Bond Greninja. It works)

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AgentParadox from Neither here nor there. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Jan 7th 2019 at 10:19:13 PM

This is my current draft. Additions and changes welcome.

Froakie Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]/[Sycamore Central Kalos Catalog #]

  • Froakie [#656]/[#007]
  • Frogadier [#657]/[#008]
  • Greninja [#658]/[#009]

Physical Description

The Froakie line are blue-coloured Water-type Pokémon which are native to the Kalos region.

Froakie is the base form of the evolutionary line. It stands roughly 30 centimetres tall and weighs 7 kilograms, making it the smallest of the Kalos starter Pokémon in both height and weight. It is an amphibian Pokémon with moist light blue skin, and two large eyes, the sclera of which are yellow, and white pupils. Its other bodily features are a dark blue stripe between its eyes and its front feet, which are white instead of being blue like its back feet. Its front feet are noticeably hand-like and have three digits, whereas its stubby hind feet have only two digits. It also emits a foamy substance from its mouth, which resembles bubbles. These bubbles, called 'Frubbles', form a mane around its neck, with two additional Frubbles on the end of its nose, which resemble either a mustache or a pair of reading spectacles. The Frubbles also serve as a method of reducing damage and injury of the individual.

Frogadier is the first evolution of the line. It stands twice as tall as Froakie, and weighs roughly 11 kilograms. Frogadier takes on a more bipedal bodily structure than Froakie, with its forelegs being much slimmer than its hind legs, its feet being noticeably flatter, and its toes being tipped with circles. A large area of dark blue skin covers its eyes, upper jaw and back. It has two horn-like protrusions behind its eyes. The toes of its hind feet are dark blue, whereas its front toes are white, and the rest of the area on its front feet is the same dark blue as its face. The rest of its skin is the same light blue colour as that of Froakie. Frogadier is also often seen wearing a scarf fashioned out of Frubbles. The Frubbles on its base form's face are absent here, but it has two small white bumps on its nose.

Greninja is the final form of the line, and gains the Dark typing upon evolution from Frogadier. It is amphibious, though it has some noticeably reptilian traits. It is roughly 150 centimetres long, though rarely stands more than a meter tall due to its crouched stance as a result of its body shape. It has a triangular tail at the base of its spine, and three triangular horns on its head, connected via light blue webbed skin. The centre horn is connected to the end of the nose and runs up the face, whereas the other two are instead joined at the back of the head. Much of its body is dark blue, though there is tan colouring on the front of its horns, on its face, neck and torso, and on the webbing between its toes. Like its pre-evolutions, its back feet have two digits and its front feet have three, though its front feet are incredibly dextrous and can function nearly identically to human hands. Additionally, its back feet are backed with small pointed protrusions. There are white, transparent orb-like protrusions at the joint of each of its four limbs. Greninja also has an incredibly long pink tongue which is usually seen wrapped around its face like a scarf. Its eyes have white sclera and pink irises, unlike its pre-evolutions, and there is a white triangular spot on either side of its central horn. Its hind thighs are fairly large and bulbous, though its forelegs and hind calves are quite slim.

There exists a rare mutation which makes the skin of Froakie and Frogadier a lighter shade of blue, with the darker areas of Frogadier being a darker shade of blue than normal. This mutation remains upon evolution into Greninja, although it turns its tongue bright red and the rest of its body almost entirely black. This rare strain is sought after by collectors.

Notable Biology

The line is of the Water typing, and as such, a plethora of abilities and techniques come naturally to them. They are all quite thin and agile, able to elude opponents with their speed. In addition, the Dark-typing possessed by Greninja brings an additional selection of techniques. The whole line can manipulate water in unique ways. Greninja is particularly adept at this; it can forge shurikens out of water and strike with them multiple times in a row before its opponent has a chance to do anything in return. It can also perform the Hydro Cannon and Water Pledge techniques typical of Water-type starters. Froakie and Frogadier manipulate Frubbles instead, in both offensive and defensive manners. Frubble-covered pebbles are a common projectile weapon used by Frogadier. The omni-sac grows as the individual evolves, to the point where Greninja are able to use a surprising variety of different techniques, including Normal, Flying, Poison, Bug, Rock, Psychic and Fighting typed techniques, just to name a few.

There are two subgroups of Froakie, as is typical of Water-type starter Pokémon. The most common subgroup has the Torrent gene, which awakens a second-wind response, increasing the individual's strength as it runs low on energy, making it a more potent threat. The second, rarer subgroup appears to have rather strange genetic code which alters the individual's typing based on what technique it is currently using. This not only increases the technique's power, but alters which counter-techniques are effective against the Pokémon, and how effective they are. Dubbed the "Protean" gene, it is also notably possessed by a subgroup of Kecleon. Scientists theorise that the Froakie line may be distantly related to Kecleon, although this is disputable, as the two cannot interbreed.

There also exists an additional mutation which is rarely reported, as documented below. It is named the Battle Bond gene.

Bond Phenomenon

The additional mutation is very poorly understood, as less than a dozen trainers have reported it happening, leading scientists to believe that this strain may be on the verge of extinction. Genetic testing has proven that for whatever reason, the Battle Bond gene renders the individual sterile. Additionally, all reported cases are on male Greninja, leaving scientists to wonder if female Greninja can use the gene themselves, or even possess it at all.

As the name implies, the "Bond Phenomenon" emphasises, in theory, an apparent emotional bond between the individual and its trainer. It is present in all stages of the line, but only Greninja seem to undergo any noticeable changes. When a Battle Bond Greninja knocks out a target without any help whatsoever, it undergoes an effect that is incredibly similar to the phenomenon of Mega Evolution. Its stance changes and it becomes even more bipedal, allowing it to stand its full 150 centimeters tall. Its strength and agility undergo a noticeable upgrade, though its durability does not seem to change. Battle Bond Greninja are even more adept with water shurikens, and will usually have a rather large shuriken on their backs. Once a certain amount of time has passed, usually after a typical battle, the Greninja will revert to normal. It appears that intense concentration is required for the Greninja to transform.

These Greninja have additionally been recorded undergoing cosmetic changes, as with all Mega-Evolved Pokémon. Reports vary on Greninja's exact appearance during this time, but all have reported the blue areas of skin turning a lighter shade, the tan areas of skin turning white, and additional horns and bumps in various places on the head. Said horns and bumps are positioned and coloured so that the Greninja somewhat resembles its trainer. The reason for its cosmetic change is currently not understood, but although theorised as a signal of Greninja deeply respecting its trainer, effects on the trainers range from endearment to bewilderment and even being offput somewhat by these changes. One owner of a Battle Bond Greninja noted that a short while after they changed their appearance, their Greninja had adapted to this change, and used this appearance as the basis of its own during battles.

Habitat

The Froakie line members originate from in and around freshwater bodies, these being ponds, lakes and rivers, with the occasional marsh. They are, however, often seen residing close to human settlements, as they are a slightly domesticated, though still rather wild, line of Pokémon. Despite the wide area of distribution, Froakie are relatively rare in Kalos, and most of the Froakie seen are owned by starting trainers. The Froakie line members adore rain, and are more likely to be seen on rainy days.

Diet

Bug Pokémon and plants are a common feature of Froakie and Frogadier diets. Greninja are rarely seen eating, but usually target larger Bug Pokémon, supplementing their diet with the occasional small piscine Pokémon.

Hazards

Froakie and Frogadier are quite placid Pokémon, and angering them is rather difficult. However, Frogadier can launch Frubble-covered pebbles, as noted above, at things it dislikes, and this can include a trainer who has annoyed it. These pebbles can sting quite a bit, but are not an immediate threat. Greninja, on the other hand, is far more dangerous, as its strength, speed, and range of techniques make it quite formidable indeed. Although a trainer that is of decent skill level and attitude is not in any danger of angering it, doing so is still ill-advised. Trainers who taught their Greninja the Gunk Shot technique may find themselves on the receiving end of a trip to hospital if they overstep the line. Also, reports of trainers fainting and experiencing the same pain as their Battle Bond Greninja have surfaced, so one must be wary of this in their own Greninja.

Additionally, there are hazards which affect the individuals. The most notable danger is drying out, which can be remedied by submerging the individual in water or allowing rain to fall on them. Contact with human skin must be minimized similarly.

Courting and Childrearing

Froakie and Frogadier congregate around the edges of water bodies. Froakie and Frogadier engage in polyandry, where a dozen or so males will crowd around a female and mate with her. After a few days, the Froakie or Frogadier will lay a mass of 4-12 "Froakiespawn" eggs which are incredibly small and translucent, and then simply abandons the eggs to fend for themselves. Within a day or two, these hatch into immature creatures resembling rounded dark blue specks with long tails. These creatures are rarely more than 10 centimeters long, and are not readily classifiable as Pokémon. As tested, Poké Balls do not work on them and may even kill the creatures if enough force is used. A rather large portion of them will die off naturally - either to weather conditions or cannibalism - but the survivors will, in the space of a few weeks, mature into adult Froakie, growing longer and gaining their legs over time. Once matured, they have the ability to leave the water and migrate over land if the current conditions are not suitable for long-term living.

Greninja have different mating habits. They are rather fickle and rarely mate, but once they do so, the female will lay one or two fully-formed Pokémon eggs, which hatch into mature Froakie within a few days, and will also guard the eggs until they hatch. The reason for the radically different egg-laying mechanisms is currently not understood.

Social Structure

While Greninja are nomadic and often solitary creatures, Froakie and Frogadier intermingle with each other in groups of between five and ten individuals. Separate groups rarely mix, but will do so if current conditions, such as population and weather, force them to merge.

In Human Culture

As noted above, Froakie is one of the possible choices of starter Pokémon of Kalos, along with Chespin and Fennekin. With its unique "Protean" gene, and research on the Bond Phenomenon surfacing, it has become the most popular choice of starter Pokémon in the Kalos region, and often supply and demand means that there is difficulty in gifting this particular Pokémon to starting trainers.

Despite the relative rarity of Froakie, they have a sizeable cultural presence. A 1955 cartoon short depicts a man with a singing Frogadier named Michigan. The man attempts repeatedly to show this talent to his peers and the public, and earn a fortune from this, but Michigan will only sing if the man is the only other human around, leading to much frustration.

There is also a 1908 novel depicting the adventures of a snobby Frogadier, along with an eremetic, yet nice Typhlosion, a boat-loving Raticate and a quiet, ordinary Drilbur who is roped into the adventures.

An entire franchise of puppets based on many things, including Pokémon like Tepig and Ursaring, exists, with the most prominent one being a Frogadier named Kermit.

Long ago, a tale about a princess who kisses a Froakie and turns him into a prince was written, among other tales. It has become popular enough for numerous adaptations.

Written by AgentParadox. If you have any ideas for revisions or edits, send me a PM. If I don't respond... Consult the thread.

Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 10th 2019 at 2:38:13 PM

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Jan 10th 2019 at 4:59:26 AM

[up] I will say that there are a few additions to add. Like I said before, the Frubble seems to be inspired by Tree Frogs who lay their eggs in the foams on a tree branch rather than say rivers.

The grey foam-nest tree frog mates in what is described as the most extreme example of polyandry of all vertebrates. The simultaneous polyandry begins when a female begins releasing eggs onto a tree branch. Up to 12 males then cluster around her and fertilise the eggs by producing sperm which they whip into a foamy 'nest' with their hind legs. The female will leave temporarily to rehydrate before returning to the nest, as the entire ordeal can last several hours.

Offspring of these polyandrous encounters are more likely to survive than the eggs fertilised by a single male.

It's certainly a lot more interesting than the usual frogs in ponds and creeks even if they are more fitting for a Water Frog.

I also believe that there should be an paragraph for the anime downside of Bond Phenomenon, or at least an alleged report for it. While obviously, gameplay won't allow your trainer to faint if Greninja faints, it is a well-known aspect that anything that hurts Ash-Greninja hurts Ash himself. Thus fainting is a major issue if a trainer were to have a Battle Bond Greninja in the same manner as Ash. Which I think adds a potential risk-value that Game Freak didn't take.

I think it's fair to mention anime aspects as well as the games since the whole Ash-Greninja concept originated from XY Director Yajima and Game Freak's talk of showcasing the bond between Ash and Greninja.

Edited by Shadao on Jan 10th 2019 at 5:02:57 AM

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Jan 10th 2019 at 6:41:41 AM

I have added the Battle Bond downside and changed the mating habits slightly. I still think it shouldn't be directly identical to those of a real-life animal and instead should have its own spin, which I think is an important thing to consider when designing lore on any aspect of a Pokémon.

Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 10th 2019 at 2:42:18 PM

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Jan 11th 2019 at 4:37:24 PM

I haven't started my history of the Pokemon world in the 20th century yet but I did have an idea for an event in the article:

1966: Poke Star Studios, one of the most prominent movie studios in Unova, is acquired by Engulf and Devour Corporation.

This references the real life takeover of Paramount by Gulf and Western in that same year.

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Jan 11th 2019 at 6:49:24 PM

Poke Star is better than Paramount, though. They seem more on par with Pokemon disney than anything. Maybe Warner Bros. if we're shooting lower.

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AgentParadox from Neither here nor there. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Jan 13th 2019 at 7:17:12 PM

Since the Lake Guardians seem to be free, I might call dibs on an article for those three too, if nobody objects.

Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 13th 2019 at 6:13:09 PM

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Jan 16th 2019 at 3:30:11 PM

I have published the Froakie article with a small update. Additionally, I have made a draft of the Lake Guardians page which is still rather rough and WIP.

Lake Guardians

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]/[Rowan Catalog #]

  • Uxie [#480]/[#146]
  • Mesprit [#481]/[#147]
  • Azelf [#482]/[#148]

Physical Descriptions

The Lake Guardians are a trio of Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon. They are all nearly identical looking, with the heads being the only differing feature. They each have a red jewel encrusted in their forehead and a small gray-blue body with a rotund stomach, and two proportionally long arms, each tipped with two tiny digits. They also have short feet with no digits, a pair of long ribbon-like tails with a red jewel at the center of the tips of each, and a pair of yellow eyes, though Uxie's are never usually seen open. Uxie has a yellow head which resembles a cross between a helmet and a human brain, Mesprit has a magenta head with four drooping appendages, and Azelf has a cyan, vaguely cone-shaped head.

Lore and History

Long ago, after Arceus created the universe, and created Dialga, Palkia and Giratina, it had banished Giratina to the Distortion World for its violent nature. To prevent the same thing happening again, it laid a fourth egg, whose embryo split into three. Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf hatched from this same egg. With this, they brought spirit to the world, and were granted by Arceus the ability to calm Dialga and Palkia should they rampage. Arceus then went into eternal slumber, sealed in the Hall of Origin.

Uxie, the bringer of Knowledge, brought humans the ability to solve problems and improve their quality of life. Mesprit, the bringer of Emotion, taught the nobility of sorrow, pain, and joy to humans. Azelf, the bringer of Willpower, gave humans the determination to face any of life's difficulties. All three are greatly revered for their benevolent nature and gifts to humanity.

However, not all humans had held the guardians in such high esteem. During the incident known as the Team Galactic incident, the eponymous criminals had captured and caged the three sprites, and from their tail jewels, crafted an awful weapon called the Red Chain. They created it with the intent of seizing control of the guardians of Time and Space, Dialga and Palkia. However, once the team's leader Cyrus had vanished into the Distortion World, the Red Chain was dismantled, and its parts returned to their owners. The three guardians then flew off to their respective lakes to restore balance to the Sinnoh Region.

Known Sightings

Sightings in Sinnoh have become rare over the past few decades, and the three have been regarded as little more than a myth. However, the three lakes said to contain the guardians have occasionally shone light into the sky and the few trainers able to visit the lakes have swore that they saw the lakes' respective legendaries. Uxie is said to reside in Lake Acuity, whereas lakes Verity and Valor are home to Mesprit and Azelf, respectively. However, Mesprit has been known not to stay at Lake Verity for very long, and has been spotted along various areas in the region, even flying over bodies of water.

Reports of sightings around Unova have surfaced in recent years, with Uxie being seen outside the Nacrene Museum, Mesprit being seen around the Celestial Tower on Route 7 and Azelf being spotted around Route 23. Although the population has often wondered how they have reached Unova, it is theorised that Route 20's Cave of Being, which scientists describe as being connected to Sinnoh, may have something to do with their sudden appearance. Reports of sightings to the east of Sootopolis City in Hoenn have also arisen, with the unnamed cavern there (nicknamed the Guardian Cavern by locals) being the supposed home. Additionally, each one has been spotted at different times of the day in Hoenn, according to the reports; Mesprit is seen during the day, Azelf can be found at night, and Uxie has only ever been spotted at twilight hours. The reason for this is not currently known, as they have all been spotted at most hours in other regions.

Abilities

As Psychic-type Pokémon, the three of them have strong psychic powers and access to a wide variety of techniques. It appears that Uxie employs mostly defensive techniques, Azelf employs mostly offensive techniques, and Mesprit can employ a mix of the two. Additionally, as mentioned above, they have a calming air about them and can pacify the legendary Dialga and Palkia, which are otherwise incredibly dangerous and risky to approach. Additionally, all three have the ability to separate their body and spirit without dying, and join them back together at will, and have been reported to be able to teleport themselves, along with people and other Pokémon.

Hazards

Over time, some effects of exposure to the guardians in certain ways has been observed and written about. Although all three are benevolent beings, Uxie is shy, Mesprit is playful and mischievous, and Azelf is cautious. However, if threatened, they can fight back, and are exceptionally strong, so engaging them in battle is considered incredibly unwise. It is said that Uxie's eyes are always closed because it can wipe the memories of those who see its eyes. A human who touches Mesprit is reported to have their emotions drained from their body. Additionally, if a human brings any harm to Azelf, seven days later they will find that they have been completely immobilized and can no longer move.

Other

The three Lake Guardians have been known to choose humans matching their personalities as their connection to the world when chaos is imminent. Uxie will choose a knowledgeable and wise person as its connection, emotional control and connections are favoured by Mesprit, and Azelf will connect with someone who has an unbending will.

Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 24th 2019 at 5:15:14 PM

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